Mermaid quilt pattern with curved piecing using the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl quilts
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Mermaid Quilt, Quilting Interest

Getting Creative with Pattern and Color

I finished a quilt! If you can believe it, this is made from my Mermaid pattern. When I set out to make this, I wanted to show how a pattern can look totally unique just by changing how you place the colors or value. For this version of the Mermaid quilt pattern, I replaced the navy blue and white solids with prints, making the clamshell shape. The bright colors in the original were replaced with the solids in this version, but instead of making the colorful humps, I made all the humps in a row the same fabric. This gives the...

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Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest

How to: Cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler

This is the first of some tutorials I want to post to go with the Classic Curves Ruler. This will give you an idea how it works and provide some up-close, photo instructions to accompany your ruler. These instructions are included with the Ruler when you purchase one, too. First up, we have the basics of cutting the two parts of a drunkards' path block. The ruler includes ten grooves for cutting different size blocks. For this example, I am going to cut pieces using the 5" groove. I am going to cut the convex curve pieces (quarter circle shape) with...

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Pisces quilt by Color Girl quilts with Classic Curves Ruler
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Announcements, Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Pisces Quilt, Quilting Interest

It’s Here! Get Your Classic Curves Ruler Today

I am getting recovered from Quilt Market...it was so exciting to show my quilt patterns and new Classic Curves Ruler to the world! The response was fantastic, it seems other quilters are as excited about this as I am! Now that I am caught up on my wholesale orders, I want to offer the Classic Curves Ruler to my friends here on the blog and social media. Click Here to visit the page to purchase your own CCR. The CCR package includes full instructions to get started using it for cutting and piecing your curves. You also get the instructions to...

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crazy curves quilt by Sharon McConnell Color Girl Quilts
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Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest

Crazy Quilting Curves

If you are on my email list, you received a happy surprise last Saturday: the instructions to make a Crazy Curves mini quilt. I hope you enjoyed the pointers about curved piecing and you will try it out! You can still sign up for my mailing list and get this and other future patterns, tutorials, coupons and news. You have noticed I have been on a curved piecing craze lately. It's true that curves are my favorite...there are so many possibilities and so many cool designs you can create by adding circles to your quilts. I chose this little Crazy...

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Drunkards path quilt blocks, modern curved piecing quilt with batik fabrics
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Announcements, Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Caution! Curves Ahead, and Something New

It's a new week! And what do you think of the new look here at Color Girl? If you visited last weekend, you found the site under construction. I have the best person who does my web stuff, Sarah Bailey (SpunMonkey), and I am so excited with what she has done with the remodel! We worked together to make the new site as user friendly and beautiful as possible. I would love to hear what you think! The next couple of weeks I am in the homestretch preparing for Quilt Market and my first time as an exhibitor. Quilt Market...

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four patch petals quilt by Sharon McConnell in Quilts and More magazine with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Published Work, Quilting Interest

Petals and Patches, Fresh and New!

Introducing Four Patch Petals. This is my version of springtime in quilt form. (-: You can make one, too! Petals is featured in the summer issue of Quilts and More magazine, just hitting newsstands this week. The timing is so perfect on this because I am on a full on curved piecing kick right now. I have a new collection of curved piecing quilt patterns coming this summer, along with other exciting news. If you haven't tried curves yet, Petals is the perfect starting project! With an easy curve and alternating straight pieced four patch blocks, it goes together quickly. The...

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Fusions Quilt by Sharon McConnell with Art Gallery Fabrics capsules take shape fabrics
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Finished Quilts, Quilting Interest

Capsules and Curves Make Graphic Quilts

I know I say this a lot, but I totally loved making this quilt! The fabric, the sewing, the quilting, did I mention the fabric? Introducing the Capsules "Take Shape" fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics. A couple months ago, Mathew (@misterdomestic) asked if I would like to participate in his Sewing Party to show new collections from Art Gallery Fabrics. Of course, I was happy to design something with these fabulous fabrics! For two weeks, Mathew has organized makers to inspire you with fabrics from the Capsules and the Fusions collections (see more here). All of the projects will be featured on instagram...

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Color Story quilt with curved piecing by sharon mcconnell, in Love Patchwork and quilting magazine
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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Published Work

New Quilt in Love Patchwork and Quilting!

I know I say this every time, but I SUPER happy to finally share this little quilt with you! Color Story is featured this month in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. This issue is on newsstands now in the U.K. and will be here in the U.S. in 3-4 weeks. Be sure and watch out for it...always a pretty publication. Color Story is a wall hanging size or baby quilt. I truly enjoyed making this one...from the design to the fabric and sewing. Fabrics are from one of my "collections" (bins of fabrics waiting for just the right project), including...

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Classic Curve quilt with drunkards path curved piecing quilt with fabric by Hoffman Fabrics indah batiks
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Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Solids or Prints? Yes, Please!

My main focus recently has been getting ready for quilt market in May. It is a sewing industry trade show for fabric people, designers, and publishers plus other sewing folks to show off their new products to wholesale buyers. I am going for the first time as an exhibitor! I have a little booth to plan and prepare, which is more than a little daunting. I hope it gives me a chance to show my patterns to lots of quilt shop owners. BUT...in between all the good work, I still need a little sewing time! This week I started my...

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Whimsy Garden, Work in progress

Whimsy Quilt in Progress…

Last week I showed you the blocks I am working on for my little Whimsy Garden quilt. This week I got the sashing all sewn and put the blocks together...I just need to add the borders to finish the machine sewing part on the top! This morning I spent some time choosing fabrics for the circle appliqués and basted a few to get ready for hand stitching. **See my simple method to appliqué perfect circles, Here** I have nine blocks (this is the small size on the pattern) and the circles will go at the crossroads of the sashing strips. I...

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